Talking Points: 76ers nightmare is over




Stop the presses! The 76ers won a game! The 76ers won a game!

The Philadelphia 76ers snapped their NBA record-tying, 26-game losing streak, routing the Detroit Pistons 123-98 on Saturday night to avoid establishing the longest skid in U.S. major pro sports history.

Their 26 straight losses equaled the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers and also the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who dropped 26 straight from Sept. 12, 1976-Dec. 4, 1977.

The 76ers had not won a game since beating the Charlotte Bobcats on Jan. 15.


OK. We can all agree that fans like to see correct calls being made.

And that’s why you see more and more sports embracing video replays to assist their officials.

But the NCAA needs to get a better handle on how these video replays are handled for basketball.

A video review of a pivotal call late in the Arizona-Wisconsin men’s basketball game took several minutes before a final decision was made.

Guys, let’s keep this simple. Make a call, review the play on video. If you can’t determine if it’s right or wrong quickly, stick with the call on the court.


Coaches from the Oakland Athletics were sent scrambling after toilets in the home clubhouse backed up and overflowed before Saturday’s exhibition game against the San Francisco Giants.

It was the latest in a series of plumbing problems that have plagued the aging stadium, which was built in the late 1960s.

There were multiple problems last year alone.

In September, players reported foul smells from the bathroom end of their dugout. That came after a clogged pipe caused a sewage backup and flooding on the bottom floor of the ballpark.

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